Series : Big Bash League 2018-19
Match- 2nd Semi Final
Date- 15th February 2019,Friday
time- 7.40 PM Local Time
Venue- Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Will it be the Melbourne derby in the finals of the Big Bash League? Or will it be the clash between the two most famous cities in Australia? After Melbourne Stars raced past the Hobart Hurricanes in the first semi-final, Melbourne Renegades will lock horns with the Sydney Sixers in another knockout game. Sixers’ batsmen crumbled under pressure in the last league game while the Renegades have the momentum on their side coming into this clash.
Since they encountered a massive loss in their final league game, the Sydney Sixers failed to secure a home semi-final. Thus, they will be taking on the Melbourne Renegades at their home in the second semi-final of BBL 2018-19. The battle between number two and number three teams is going to be an exciting one.
Both the teams lost their previous match and that will nullify the confidence and momentum factors. They will need to start afresh and be at their best in order to enter the final game of the season. These two teams seem to be equally strong on the paper and it will be all about holding onto their nerves on the big occasion.
Team Combinations –
Melbourne Renegades – Mohammad Nabi will not be available for the last stages of the BBL 2018-19 as he left to join the Afghanistan squad in India. Thus, Cameron White will be the man who is likely to replace him after missing out the previous two matches. The rest of the team could be similar to what it was in the league game against the Hobart Hurricanes. Aaron Finch will continue to lead the side. Our cricket tips is Marcus harris will open with him.
Predicted XI: Aaron Finch (c), Marcus Harris, Sam Harper (wk), Cameron White, Mackenzie Harvey, Tom Cooper, Daniel Christian, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Chris Tremain, Harry Gurney.
Sydney Sixers- Ben Manenti and Justin Avendano replaced Tom Curran and Lloyd Pope in the Sixers squad. Losing out on Tom Curran is a big blow for the team and it will surely upset the balance slightly. While Manenti will replace Lloyd Pope, either of Jack Edwards or Justin Avendano could come in for Curran. The batsmen will look to put up a good show after the miserable outing last time.Our cricket tips is Edwards will start.
Predicted XI: Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards/Justin Avendano, Ben Manenti, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshius, Nathan Lyon.
Ground and Conditions- The pitch at the Docklands stadium is a slow one. Teams chasing have won two out of the three games in here edition of the BBL here at this venue. The ball tends to hold up slightly and stroke-making is quite difficult. Humidity levels are predicted to increase by a fair margin in the second half of the match. Hence, the track could quicken up and toss will play a crucial factor.
Toss- Teams would like to bowl first. Its a slow wicket and average score is 157. But chasing team has done well so far. So definitely a bowl first track.
Prediction- In the absence of Curran, Renegades will be heavy favourites. Our cricket tips prediction is Melbourne Renegades will be the winner of this match. But a good fight is expected.